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Old 02-09-2018, 11:10 AM   #1  
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On my 95 i have Nitto NT555 275/40/17 that were on the car when I bought it. All 4 corners.
They have been fine so far, about time to think on new tires.
Please tell me what you have that you like, & why.

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I don't need new tires yet, but how are the 275/40/17 on the front? Any rubbing?
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On my 95 i have Nitto NT555 275/40/17 that were on the car when I bought it. All 4 corners.
They have been fine so far, about time to think on new tires.
Please tell me what you have that you like, & why.

Thanks in advance !!
I love my COOPER ZEON RS3-S Great ride and very stcky
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What is your use for the new tires? Just street driving? Is grip more important than wear, or vice versa? Do you drive in cold, wet, or snow? Is price an object?

As for 275s, assuming they are on wheels with correct offset and width, there is absolutely no problem. They were OE on the front of a number of C4s. You can even fit 315s on 11" wheels if you use 50mm offset.
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vette196 They are fine no rub at all. If I wheels wider than 17 x 9.5
I would go to the 315s.
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275/40/17 Cooper Zeon's on mine, have used them for years, they are on the Corvette and a smaller size on my Volvo XC. They have a good feel on the road are wet weather supreme, and very good wear.
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Cooper = Made in America and affordable. My buddy has the zeons on his '89, There are the Zeon G2(?), all season on my Mercury Milan and coopers on my suburban
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Im in Texas, & drive everyday. I want good handling/grip wet & dry.
That said I don't want the soft compound that will not last long, don't
need that much grip !
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I run 275x40x17 on all 4 corners of my 95.

I like the Good Year GSD3 in the summertime and I run those on chrome A-molds. We get lots of rain here 7 months of the year and for that... for me ... there is nothing better that Continental DWS. I run those on my stock saw blades.

On my C5 I run Nitto Invo's.

I think that where you live and the type of weather you drive in will have an impact on what tires might be best for you.
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Cooper is just a good tire that gets over looked for the big named brands. I have used Coopers and Master Craft (Coopers in expensive brand) for years with very good results. If you are prone to lighting up the rears then yes they are going to wear out, keep them rotated check the balance once in a while and you will not be disappointed. They are really nice in wet weather, going from Little Rock to Texarkana in a blinding rain storm in the Corvette I did not notice any looseness or tendency to slip at all.
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How is the ride, are they quiet, and what about cornering ?
I like Gs in the corners, with over swapping ends !

Thanks in advance.
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I don't need new tires yet, but how are the 275/40/17 on the front? Any rubbing?
no rubbing in the front with 9.5 wide rim. have a square set up with nitto 555, love it.
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Coopers are mentioned above, I have them on my P/U, and like them.
Anyone have the Zeon RS3-S ?
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I purchased the Nitto 555 G2's last year. I hate them. Here in Ohio, if the temps drop to 50 they flat spot in a day or so to the point that I have to drive around a bunch of miles to heat them up before getting on the X-way.

I let the place I bought them from know and they are going back to them in the spring once it warms up a bit.

They flat spot so bad it shakes the car like driving on square wheels if you go right to the X-way.
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I purchased the Nitto 555 G2's last year. I hate them. Here in Ohio, if the temps drop to 50 they flat spot in a day or so to the point that I have to drive around a bunch of miles to heat them up before getting on the X-way.

I let the place I bought them from know and they are going back to them in the spring once it warms up a bit.

They flat spot so bad it shakes the car like driving on square wheels if you go right to the X-way.
Strange, I have the same tires on my 92 and have not noticed that issue even on days below 50 degrees.
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GoodYear GSD3 or Nittos
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I've posted this in a couple threads already. Best deal going right now on high performance tires for all-season street use is the Riken Raptor ZR A/S. Riken is a subsidiary of Michelin. The compound has good grip and the ride is fairly quiet and very comfortable. They have a nice-looking direction tread pattern, and are available in 245/45/17 and 275/40/17 sizes. And they are cheap: $67 and $83 for the two sizes, respectively.

The only sort-of downside is that the turn-in response is not crisp like some performance tires. The upside of that quality is that they have a wide range of slip angles at which they deliver peak or near-peak grip. That is to say, they are quite forgiving of steering inputs, with a very gradual breakaway. And this may be related: they seem to put power down quite well, even in cooler temps, which is a big plus.

For realistically streetable performance tires that also handle rain, the best available now are going to be the Continental ExtremeContact Sport, which is the replacement for the DW. They are faster than the DW in the dry, and at least as fast in the wet. They are the wet tire of choice for autocrossing where a 200 treadwear rating is mandated. but like other "max performance summer" tires, they are not supposed to be driven in cold temps - Continental told me not below 45F. That's why I didn't buy them for my street wheels (I use separate autocross and track tires on other wheels).
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Also have the Nitto NT 555 tires. Put them on in December 16, and have about 3k miles on them.

Have driven on them in the cold MI temps (dry/clear roads only). So far no problems. They grip well and the ride is good.


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I will be somewhat different.

I have some Cooper Zeon X2S (a different tire model than being discussed) but they are horrible. They flat spot bad, they have terrible grip (dry, wet, and snow/ice). So I have a bad impression of Cooper. However, these are a different tire and the others may be better.

I also like the Contintental Extreme Contact DW tires and I suspect their replacement model is good too. I have 2 sets of the DW tires and like them a lot. I went with square set ups 275/40/17 all around and 285/40/17 all around. I do not get wandering from road irregularities, they grip very well, they are pretty good in the rain. I have no idea about snow or ice because I don't drive them when salt is on the roads.

I also have had good impressions of the Hankook Evo tires. Perhaps a little less grip than the Conti's, but good grip, smooth ride, quiet, and relatively inexpensive.

Good luck.
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Quiet and they seem to hang on pretty good, won't tell you how I know, the ride is pretty good, not limo quality but very good.
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